Declared the ‘Royal City of Johor’ by Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar himself, Muar is both the principal town and namesake of its district. Famous for its delectable food, aromatic coffee and historical pre-war buildings, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Malaysia.
Muar is the birthplace of several types of traditional Zapin dances, as well as Ghazal, Johor’s traditional musical heritage. It is said that the Javanese Kuda Kepang, a traditional horse dance, is best performed by the Muar Malays of Javanese origin.
Immerse yourself in the glory of the yesteryears as you explore lanes of well-preserved heritage buildings, hop the cafes and forget your diet with Muar’s tantalising signature dishes. Be sure to pick up some mee siput, a local snack best eaten with hot sauce, as it is only available in Muar.